Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking Ahead--2010 Goals

While I look at the following list of goals, I see potential in reaching every one of them by the end of the year with God's help and my determination. I realize that some of the goals are not very measurable right now so there will be some tweaking going on in the weeks and months to come.  However, I wanted to take some time to set some goals so I can develop my vision for the next year.  I divided the goals up into categories(thanks Toni for the inspiration) to help me sort through all the ideas floating around in my head.  I also did not prioritize these goals because a lot of them are dealing with being consistent in things every day.

2010 Goals:


  • Continue to be faithful to the weekly Woman’s Bible Study.
  • Memorize at least 100 Bible verses. (that is 2 verses per week)
  • Read my Bible daily and work at growing closer to God.
  • Realizing and praising God each day for the gift of life and to living each day to the fullest with Him in control!


  • Exercise 4 times a week—bike riding, walking,  weights or aerobics.
  • Drop my weight by 50 lbs.
  • Have a consistent morning and bedtime routine every day.
  • Read at least two books a month.
  • Spend quality time via date nights with my husband once a week.


  • Get previous school years papers in binders for each child.
  • Work with my daughter to get her fluently reading by June.
  • Do hands on activities with my children at least twice a month.
  • Be done with formal schooling every day at 3 pm. --I have two that like to drag out the day's work!
  • Declutter papers and books that we have never used or are no longer using.


  • Keep consistent with menu planning. The last 3 weeks of  "flying by the seat of my pants" planning has not worked very well!
  • Shop for groceries twice a month(other than for fresh items like fruits, veggies, milk & eggs). (more on this goal next week)
  • Update and keep up with my household binder
  • File papers every month.
  • Work at sewing/mending twice a month.
  • Work at doing more baking from scratch and cut out the processed foods.
  • Try at least two new recipes each month to increase my “family favorite meal list”.


  • Pay off all three credit cards. (total $3825)
  • Work at building a three month emergency fund (approx. $8100)
  • Pay cash for the two major house projects (carpeting the rec. room/office & finish the 4th bedroom) that we have planned for 2010.


  • Be consistent with writing posts (other than weekly Meijer deals) at least 4 times a week.
  • Keeping a list of blog post ideas and schedule posts.
  • Finish “ABC Parenting”  and “Kindergarten through the Alphabet” series
  • Continue to keep a balance between computer/blogging and family.

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Monthly Sam's Run--December

I was going through the archives working on figures and realized that I had not posted my December Sam's Run.  I guess that is what happens when one is in a "funk"/self-proclaimed vacation due to burn out and not really wanting to do anything on the computer or around my house.  Also my hubby has been working on a community service project through his work this week while supposedly on vacation for this last week so I have had to deal with his wacky hours as well.

Anyway, enough of the excuses and on to the list of items that I purchased at Sam's Club in December.

  • 30 lbs French fries $16.98
  • 36 double rolls Northern TP $17.89(with sales tax)
  • 172 oz Wisk 2x HE detergent $15.78(with sales tax)
  • 12 ct Red Baron individual pizzas $9.98
  • 60 ct Swiss Miss hot cocoa $4.49
  • 4.1 lbs Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers $8.65
  • 2 boxes Nilla Wafers $5.43
  • 8 ct DelMonte canned green peas $6.48
  • 48 ct Quaker granola bars (asst.) $8.05
  • 48 ct Go-Gurt $7.64
  • 12 ct. DelMonte canned green beans $8.98
  • 1.5 lbs Oscar Mayer shaved deli turkey $6.78
  • 48 ct. String cheese $7.79
  • 36 ct 100 calorie Kudo bars $5.57
  • 6 lbs spaghetti noodles $4.88
  • 72 ct Kraft American cheese slices $6.72
  • 16 oz. Garlic powder $3.87
  • 16 oz Minced Onions $4.64
  • 24 oz Kraft grated Parmesan cheese $7.06
  • 36 ct Kellogg's Cinnamon/Brown sugar Poptarts $6.28
  • 3 pk-44oz Heinz Ketchup $6.23
  • 140 ct Totinos pizza rolls $8.98
  • 6 lbs Ore Ida Hash browns $5.38
  • 4.41 lbs boneless Pork Loin Chops $10.94
  • 4.55 lbs beef round roast $13.47
  • 7.5 lbs Country Crock margarine $6.44
  • 12 ct. Swanson's Chicken broth $7.88
  • 2 bags asst. chips $5.98
  • 1 gallon apple cider $2.98
Total OOP: $232.22

The total was a little more than what I wanted to spend at Sam's, however, I am finding that with the local grocery stores not having significant sales I am relying on Sam's for the majority of my month's worth of groceries. You will find in the new year that I will doing less in the way of shopping each month.  I have been working at transitioning to once or twice a month shopping rather than a significant shopping trip every week.(more on this transition coming soon)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Meijer Deals 12/27-1/2

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also check the two pages of Mealbox coupons there are several cpns that match items in this week's ad! Please let me know if there is something that I missed and I will take the time to update my deals listing.


***Buy 2 Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials, Get One Gallon Meijer Milk FREE (max Value $3.00) limit 1 offer per transaction.

***Buy One Fresh Step Scoop Cat Liter 20lbs @ $8.99, Get One Meijer Cat Treats FREE.


Center Cut Half Boneless Pork Loin $1.59/lb

Coca Cola Products 12pk/12oz cans or 6-8pk bottles 4/$11 (limit 4)

Jack's 12" Original or Half and Half Pizza $1.99 (limit 3)

Lay's Potato Chips $1.97

Kraft Miracle Whip 32 oz (reg. or light) $1.99

Aunt Millie's Butter Top Bread or Homestyle Hamburger or Hot dog buns 2/$2

Garden Fresh Original Hummus or Salsa ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Meijer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 64oz pkg $7.49 ($1.88/lb)

Meijer Gallon Milk 2/$4 (limit 4)

Smithfield Bacon 16oz pkg $2.29

Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast $3.99
$3/2 cpn
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Select Varieties 2/$5
$1/2 cpn 10-18 S
$1/2 cpn

Healthy Choice Frozen Meals Assorted Varieties $1.99
$1/2 cpn 10-18 S
$1/2 cpn
$1/5 Mealbox cpn

Little Debbie Family Packs 12-16.2oz $1.25
75/1 cpn 09-27 S(cpn is for Chocolate Cupcake Variety if included) cpn exp 12/31

Nestle Refrigerated Cookie Dough 16-16.5oz All Varieties $1.99
$1/1 cpn 11-01 RP(cpn exp 12/31)
$1/2 Mealbox cpn
$1/1 cpn

I Cant Believe Its not Butter All Varieties $1.39
75/2 cpn 11-15 RP

Freschetta Original, Brickoven or PizzAmore 18-28oz $3.99
$1/1 cpn 11-15 S

Dannon Danactive or Activia Yogurt 4pk All Varieties 2/$4
$1/1 cpn 12-06 S

Snyders Pretzels or Tortilla Chips Select Varieties $1.99
$1/2 cpn 12-06 S


Nature Made Vitamins & Supplements ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Osteo Bi-Flex ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Knox Nutra Joint ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Ester C ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Disney Kids Multi Vitamins 60or180ct ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Dynamo Liquid Laundry Detergent 100oz Assorted Varieties ~~ BUY One get Two FREE!

Sundown Vitamins and Suplements ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!
$1/1 cpn 11-15 RP

Revlon Lip Color or Age Defying Facial Cosmetics ~~ 40% OFF
$2/1 cpn 12-13 S

Always Liner 66-120ct $5
B1G1 cpn 12-27 PG

Always Maxis 29-48ct $5
B1G1 cpn 12-27 PG

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste and Liquid Gels 3/$6
$1/1 cpn 12-27 PG

Tampax 40ct $5
B1G1 cpn 12-27 PG

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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